Do not take this lightly; God is the source of all life and reality, but man is the conduit into the earth of all that God is. Don’t hold such a low estimate of your life.
I pray we get this two points clearly.
(1) Worshipping God is not the particular calling of some, it is the calling of all that are human. Worshipping God doesn’t mean a slow sentimental song, it doesn’t mean seven days a week in ‘church’, it means knowing we are more than flesh and blood, that our five senses are not to be trusted as tools of judgement, that actions are to be determined by the visions and dreams in ones heart and not the fear of the senses, that reality grows out of a heart of love for humanity, and that we are able to create reality out of a thought planted in the heart because we are temples of the Spirit of God Who is living in us. To live such a life and boldly admit it before men is worship. Everybody has to do that; both the people and the pastor alike.
(2) There is a particular vocation that a man commits himself to in life, it is his or her ‘work’ in the larger purpose of God for the earth and those who dwell in it, some are doctors, engineers, social workers, soldiers, pilots, entertainers, teachers, pastors, etc. Whatever a person commits his or her life force and days to do in service to others, from there shall his or her needs be supplied. Therefore, you must be confident and bold enough to receive whatever is supplied to you by God through your work. That is your earthly reward, and it is covered in the contract.
One more thing, you work Monday to Friday, and at the end of the month you look to your company to give you your righteous reward, you work in company A and your reward comes from company A not company B. Now, a man of God is ‘full time’ in the work of The Lord to you and many others, and you have the evil eye and heart to question if his righteous reward is paid from the church treasury. That is a dangerous thing for you my dear. Do you know what really swallowed Jonah? It was his words(words are referred to in the creation as the fish of the sea), it was his judgement against Niniveh. He wanted a disobedient Niniveh to get exactly what they deserve, so when he ran in disobedience from God, God made sure he got what he deserved, according to his own words. Judge not, that you may not be judged. God always is merciful but you might not enjoy the pain of His judgement while it lasts. Be very careful the judgements you utter, I beg of you.
You hear God with your heart, not your ears. You see God with faith not your eyes. You draw near to God by acting on your faith, then God draws near to you in the form of prosperity(progress toward your faith). Then, when you come into the presence of God, there is fullness of joy, meaning there is satisfaction when your faith ‘materialises’. The presence of God is where the word of God is, where He sent it; the action He has commanded and the result it produces.
In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. (John 16:23, 24 ESV)
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand(implementation of His will) are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11 ESV) (interpretation in parenthesis added)
I pray that we always remain as little children before God, never ‘growing’ to that point where we presume to know all that God can do, all the ways He will do it and all the kinds of people He may use. The kingdom of God is for those who are like little children before the almighty God.
After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Neco king of Egypt went up to fight at Carchemish on the Euphrates, and Josiah went out to meet him. But he sent envoys to him, saying, “What have we to do with each other, king of Judah? I am not coming against you this day, but against the house with which I am at war. And God has commanded me to hurry. Cease opposing God, who is with me, lest he destroy you.” Nevertheless, Josiah did not turn away from him, but disguised himself in order to fight with him. He did not listen to the words of Neco from the mouth of God, but came to fight in the plain of Megiddo. And the archers shot King Josiah. And the king said to his servants, “Take me away, for I am badly wounded.” So his servants took him out of the chariot and carried him in his second chariot and brought him to Jerusalem. And he died and was buried in the tombs of his fathers. All Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah. (2 Chronicles 35:20-24 ESV)
For thus says the Lord : After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My GOOD word toward you, and cause you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:10, 11 NKJV)
The word in capitals above is the same word used to describe the condition of each completed creation stage in Genesis, “GOOD.” As we have been stating and studying in our conversations, it refers to God’s fulfilled intention, completed will, perfected promise or manifest word. In divine language, something is described as ‘good’ because it is essentially able, having the inherent ability to progress from its unseen form to its manifest form, the appearing of its manifest form being determined in entirety by the unseen form ONLY.
Naturally speaking, you would compare ‘good’ to the relationship between a seed and a fruit. A seed has all it takes within itself to produce fruit after its own kind. If you want an orange fruit, all you need to do is plant an orange seed. You don’t need to inject it with anything, just the seed as it is. The word of God is ‘good’, as our text says, because it needs nothing else to produce itself physically, just believe it in your heart and work it out. God calls it ‘My good word;’ My word that can be completely trusted.
Scripture tells us that whatever is born of God overcomes the world, meaning that intentions, dreams, visions, plans, etc that are initiated by God(having the nature of love), will always bring together, everything needed to give it tangible expression in this physical reality, even those things that might initially be working against it are eventually made to work for it. That’s why all things work together for ‘good’, yes, every single event, both the desirable ones and the undesirable ones all supernaturally fall into a masterfully designed process that ends in manifestation, provided the original intent is love-natured. God’s purpose is Love.
In understanding what ‘good’ means, it is important that we not confuse God’s love-natured intents with our own selfish intents. Scripture teaches us that one of the reasons people fail to experience ‘good’ is because their expectations are meant to satisfy their own selfish wants. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. (James 4:3 NKJV) Whether a vision or dream ultimately succeeds, depends to the greatest degree on whether it is for the good of humanity or otherwise.
In our next conversation. We shall find out how people eat of the tree of the knowledge of ‘good’ and ‘evil’.
(YOU ARE AS CHRIST IS. Ephesians 2:13-16, Galatians 2:18-20)
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A lot of people miss out on the perfect opportunity to experience a Big God show off His awesomeness in and through their lives. God hides Himself in the darkness. God uses the weak things of this world to shame the strong and the foolish things of this world to confound the wise.
When people say it can’t be done, when they say it’s impossible, when they prove beyond reasonable doubt, scientifically and otherwise that it’s just not going to work out, God smiles and says, ‘now, step aside and watch.’ And He says it with a smirk on His face.
At such times, what you should do is not to get afraid or give up, that is the time to rejoice and go forward with greater expectation, because that’s the perfect circumstance for God to show up, and remind everybody involved that there is God. Don’t waste a perfect opportunity.
At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him, “Because you relied on the king of Syria, and did not rely on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Syria has escaped you. Were not the Ethiopians and the Libyans a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet because you relied on the Lord, he gave them into your hand. For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars.” (2 Chronicles 16:7-9 ESV)
You have heard that, “the more you look the less you see.” That is biblically correct.
There are two ways to ‘see’. By observation using your natural senses, and by faith using your heart. If you use one of them to catch the first glimpse of a thing, switching to the other one, makes you see less and less of that thing. And the scripture presents that eternal and divine choice to you again; choose which medium you wish to see life with.
If you see a vision, a future, a potential, or dream with your faith eyes, then never switch to your biological eyes. If you do, you will begin to see contradicting things, and the more you look at those contradictions, instead of the destination you’ve seen by faith, the less realistic the faith destination becomes. You are a spirit, not just flesh and blood.